Roman Armor and Weapons

Title

Roman Armor and Weapons

Publication Type

Chart

Year of Publication

2002

Authors

Welch, John W. (Primary), and Hall, John F. (Primary)

Number

5-3

Publisher

Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Welch, John W., and Hall, John F. "Roman Armor and Weapons", Vol. 5-3. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.

Abstract

The common Roman soldier was well equipped with armor of leather manufacture, edged or tipped with iron. His primary defensive weapon was a large rectangular shield, called a scutum, which protected much of his body. Major offensive weapons were the pilum, a short javelin hurled at the enemy from approximately twenty paces and the much feared gladius, a short sword designed for stabbing, used at close range with deadly effect. Compare Ephesians 6:13–17.

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